• Time of Contempt

  • The Witcher, Book 2
  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,037 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Introducing Geralt the Witcher - revered and hated - who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the best-selling series that inspired the Witcher video games and a major Netflix show.

Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.

The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves.

And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or perhaps end it.

©1995 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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Amazing!

Fantastic reading and really pulling in to the story. The narration convinced few people to listen to the book.

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Amazing book

I love all the Witcher books and they just keep getting better and better as you read along.

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Dragged out and dull

I had huge hopes for this series after watching the Witcher on Netflix and all the reviews. The performance is ok but the books are so dragged out and it feels like the author is dragging it out to get more sales. Couldn’t finish the series …

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Not entirely bad but tedious as hell

Every character has a plan and mno one succeeds in anything. On the other hand, ervery single failure, every minute of suffering is described in excrutiating detail. It is bit like the Empire Strikes Back, only that the Empire hits itself on the nose as well. Everyone is incompetent and weak. I like The Witcher better when it is the battle of able and competent characters.

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Best narrator ever!

Another wonderful Witcher book, this one with a bit more fictional politics, and we see more character depth developing in our main favourites. Peter Kenny's narration made the tedium of the politics a whole lot more palatable. He is a genius and perfect for this series!

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This series disappointed me

I was enjoying the series at first but started loosing interest. Too complicated to keep track of the number of characters and twists in the plot. The idea is good. The story is appealing if you like the genre and a more intricate and complex plot and characters

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love this series

The narrator performs so well. Epic fantasy story. You learn a bit more about some characters back stories.

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A change from the previuous book.

This time the book holds more action, more important events that no doubt will highly influence future events. There are however a severe lack of satesfaction and the end... is horrible. It made me throw my phone more then once as i swore for blood ans murder. Ciri was correct as she said in the dark hours. She has been abandoned by everyone. And now... i only wish for her to rage.

Those of you who wanted a focus on Geralt will be disapointed for this is all about Ciri. Oh how I wish for her to grow a nice and spiky spine after these events.

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An amazing universe, but lack of depth

As the second part of The Witcher series, I loved being able to see Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, Dandelion and the other characters evolve in this book. The only problem is that, coming from The Witcher videogames, the book seems a little bit "shallow" in story and lore.

(Super small spoiler)
However, one of my favorite chapters appears in this book, and Peter Kenney does an amazing job acting the voice of Ciri as she wanders through the desert.

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Good story, part of a saga-not a stand alone story

I did really enjoyed it, but it is open ended - a hook for the next one. I prefer "episodes" that make sense on their own. Apart from this personal preference, great story and very good story telling ;)

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  • Ernest Lewandowski
  • 10-07-16

Fantastic

I am native polish speaker, this is brilliant translation, even better voice recording - Mr Kenny thank you! , The use of the wide variety of accents available in English facilities the story well and improves the experience. Choice of welsh accent for dwarves is a touch of genius - made me chuckle more than I expected. Can't wait to for Lady of the Lake. Bring it on!

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  • Shane Hawkins
  • 10-26-17

my favourite series strikes again

probably one of my favourites out of the series , it massively expands ones knowledge about names you've heard referenced in the previous books , chapter 4 is one of my favourite pieces of writing to date and combines the brutality of the Witcher series with a more light hearted and warm feel , with jests and new characters to fall in love with

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  • aa
  • 09-23-15

Excellent

Great performance of a very enjoyable story. A very real feeling world and a great cast of characters with very believable motivations. surprisingly funny at times. Excellent narration makes it very easy to keep track of the characters.

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  • Kieran McLoughlin
  • 11-06-20

Better than the first, but still not 100% there.

This is a weird book for me to review. I almost wish there was a 3 1/2 stars rating I could give it. As I've said in the past, there is no one better at dialogue in fantasy than Andrej give it and Peter Kenny give this so much life. It's a perfect combination. Nothing else needs to be said on that front. Geraldt is also one of the greatest protagonists in fantasy. He's a hero you automatically route for and love to hear when he's there. There's just something that hasn't clicked with these books yet. I loved the sequence with the sorcerers, but there's something I can't quite put my finger on which isn't hitting me with this series. Absolutely, it's worth reading and buying, Peter Kenny alone gives that a rubber stamp. Yet, there's just something not hitting it for me. I can't gel with Ciri, and this book kinda gives way to her by the end. I will be reading this series till the end, I love Geraldt and Dandelion too much not to. I guess it's perhaps because I expected more from this series as a whole. Perhaps it's slightly overhyped perhaps? I'm not sure, but it is worth investing for the characters alone, not so much the story driving them.

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  • Tofino
  • 08-20-15

If you like Iain M Banks you will enjoy this

What made the experience of listening to Time of Contempt the most enjoyable?

Peter Kenny superb as always

What other book might you compare Time of Contempt to, and why?

Any Iain Banks book. In fact I think this is Mr Banks (!)

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

If I see Peter is the narrator I am likely to buy the book. Simply the best.

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 09-03-19

Chapter length matter

Overall I vert much enjoyed this the story is entertaining and the voice acting is very good. However the length of chapter more often than not made features such as the sleep timer impossible to use as well as listing an extended and arduous task. Properly punctuated stopping points are needed

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  • L
  • 07-13-16

Brilliant narrator

This narrator is amazing and really brings the story to life. I would definitely recommend it if you're a fan of the Witcher books.

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  • Oliver Gadsby
  • 02-29-16

Fantastic narration and a gripping story.

Peter Kenny does it again! It's amazing what great narration does for an alreadly gripping, exciting and tantalising story, time spent listening to Time of Contempt was VERY well spent, I look forward to Baptism of Fire.

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  • Peter
  • 02-24-16

Intriguing from start to finish.

Once again, very good book. Peter Kenny nails it. His voice has become synonymous with the Witcher.

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  • Nicholas
  • 07-21-15

The story gets going

After a slow start with a lot of talking, and more characters than I could keep track of, it is a surprise when the story picks up and hurtles along.

The author's use of little side scenes really brings the world to life.

Peter Kenny's clinical narration contrasts with his broad range of (albeit British) accents distinguishes the characters and gives them depth.

A good grown up book. Great background if you are playing the computer games!

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  • David
  • 01-31-15

Amazing Narrator

Another entertaining installment of the Witcher saga.
I was impressed by the narrator's performance, it's so easy to forget that it's just one person voicing all the characters!

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  • Alex
  • 04-30-15

Good story

great voice acting and good pacing. the witcher universe is a great mid point between lotr/warhammer magic/war and game of thrones political story telling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

Loved It

I really enjoyed following Ciri, Geralt, Yennifer and the others in this tale. Plenty of action, not too many character names to remember.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

Great Characters. Rich World

Lots of fun. Brutal ending. Great characters. Rich world. It remains lite in tone however it gets very dark towards the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-22

Onto the next one!!

Once again another wonderfully told story! On to the next book! Loving the voices and the dramatics!

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  • Ross Greenberg
  • 01-05-22

The soul of the tale is getting lost

The problem is there is too much waffling and diverging to draw out the story over multiple books. One minute the character is strong, the next is weak and can't use their brains, very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-21

One of the best in The Witcher series

I really enjoyed Time of Contempt more than some of the other books in the series. It had a more cohesive story line and alot more adventure than the previous story which seemed very dry and overly political. Wonderfully read as always by the same narrator however he continually changes the pronunciation of Dandelion throughout the book series - not annoying though.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-27-20

timeline

the book is great but the timeline can be a bit confusing. I recommend looking up the reading order before you begin the series as I thought this was book 3 chronologically but turned out not to be the case.

overall the story and world building is brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-20

The story of the witcher just continues to grow

The story of the witcher and what else is involved it indeed enticing. There is never enough in a book to finish a story but it in no way make me stop wanting to read the next book. an issue extremely great way to put a story together which such a deep environment.

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  • Jeremy M.
  • 05-30-20

Great performance

Loved the reading. The voices of each character were distinct from each other. I found the pacing and structure of the book to be less than ideal. Though that seems to be owed to the style the writer has adopted for this series.